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Thief Targets Stafford Churches


STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Investigators are looking for a man who robbed parishioners at two churches in Stafford County.

The first robbery took place during the daytime hours of Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Mount Ararat Baptist Church when a parishioner told Stafford sheriff’s deputies his wallet was missing. The victim reported seeing a man come into the church on Garrisonville Road and then leave in a brown vehicle.

Then, at the Rock Hill Baptist Church on Sunday, several church parishioners reported to sheriff’s deputies that someone stole a wallet, a woman’s purse, and then nearly made off with a personal checkbook, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

A man walked into that church and told parishioners that he was considering moving to the area and was looking for a church to attend regularly. A man teaching a Sunday school class spoke with the man and later reported his wallet missing. A female parishioner also reported her purse missing, and told police she saw an unknown man leaving the church in a brown car.

A checkbook that was also reported missing was later found in a hallway inside the church, said Kennedy.

Similar descriptions of a suspect were given for both incidents. Kennedy said the thief is:



5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall

170 pounds

Short brown hair

Beard with sideburns

Blue jeans

Gray jacket

Gray hooded sweatshirt

Baseball cap

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Stafford County Crime Solvers.


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